I'm joining Service Space because ... I'd love to be part of a community that amplifies goodness.
A good day to me is when ... I have worked with my hands and heart.
My hero in life is ...Everyone who reaches out
My favorite book is ...One Straw Revolution by Fukuoka
One thing I'm grateful for is ... The privilege to be able to think beyond survival.
Apr 06, 2018, 2 comments, 12 smiles A group of volunteers in Coimbatore and other places have been sharing forward the gifts we have received through Nature Cure Camps that focus on Promotion of Health instead of Focus on Disease. These camps are also a a way for us to deepen our practice in Giftivism and broadening the ecology. The experiment is 8 years old and ongoing and hence, thousands of people have attended these camps. In the previous years, volunteers have spent a lot of time talking about how everything in the camp is offered in the spirit of gift and yet, so many would ask at the end of it all - why don't you just tell me how much I need to pay for this and how much for that? This year, that spirit, seems to have come full circle. One of my volunteering assignments for this camp was to call people beforehand to get to ... Read Full Story
Mar 02, 2018, 8 comments, 23 smiles [All through the Gandhi 3.0 retreat, Lijo Chacko was serving us invisibly. How many of you would believe, if you met him on the road and he told you that he climbed Mount Everest, that too, on the north face? One out of 10 people who climb Mt Everest choose to attempt the North face. And he did it without much preparation, just like that. He's a humble spirit, but he also has an adventurous spirit. He's been a commander in the Indian Navy serving in submarines. Talk about transition and transformation. Below is a transcript of Lijo sharing that story in his own words.] In my late teens I got selected into the Indian Navy. I joined the Naval Academy, then moved onto the Naval College of Engineering to do my graduation, got commissioned and then specialized in Marine Engineering a few years later. In the Indian Navy, there ... Read Full Story
Feb 13, 2018, 2 comments, 29 smiles [Towards the middle of our Gandhi 3.0 retreat, we had a stirring Community Night at the Gandhi Ashram -- where Gary Zukav lucidly spoke to the crowd of 250 friends from around India. Through his books, Gary's message has reached millions and transformed the lives of many -- including mine. His books, Dancing Wu Li Masters and Seat of the Soul, were formative influences in my college years. Yet after having spent last couple days with him, I would introduce him as just a loving grandfather. Below is a lightly edited transcript of Gary's luminous remarks from the evening, on the Universal Human. He later remarked, "For the first time, I spoke of the Universal Human, which I have been writing a book about for thirty years. Gandhi's ashram seemed the perfect place to introduce the Universal Human because I think of Gandhi as a Universal Human when few existed."] I ... Read Full Story
Jan 31, 2018, 4 smiles This month's 'Seeds + Transformation' newsletter is themed Seeds+T: Seed Art And Wise Toons. This month, check out a "trash to toys" educator who claims that we do not learn to create but learn from creating. Also meet Aika, who would have been 39 years this year. She has become a legend by leaving behind a cartoon book that is changing the hearts of kids around the world since early nineties. Take a look.
Nov 01, 2017, 3 smiles This month's 'Seeds + Transformation' newsletter is themed Seeds+T: The Art Of Scaling Is A Twisted Kolam. Scaling, it seems, is more than arithmetic and Art, it seems, is more than aesthetics. Meet Geoffrey West, professor at Santa Fe Institute who explores how the non-linearity of scaling affects organisms, cities and companies. And meet Shivoham, an engineer who shares how she got tangled in the Indian Art form Kolam (Rangoli) and how it takes her all the way from simple art to ritual, culture, math and cosmology. Take a look.
Oct 08, 2017, 2 smiles This month's 'Seeds + Transformation' newsletter is themed Seed+T: A 'Dirt'y Big Secret. Mainstream Science is finally stepping out of teenage and has begun to echo ancient wisdom of simple, sustainable farming practices. It says we should keep out head above our shoulder and Carbon below our feet. Dig that. Take a look.
Sep 08, 2017, 2 smiles This month's 'Seeds + Transformation' newsletter is themed Seeds+T: 'Art'ificial Intelligence, Anyone?. When the world was rushing towards technology, William Morris went the other way. In 1874. His life's work launched the Arts and Crafts movement. This begs the question, "Can an ultra minority's preferences dominate the majority?" Says Nassim Taleb, "The minority rule will show us how all it takes is a small number of intolerant virtuous people with skin in the game, in the form of courage, for society to function properly." Take a look.
Aug 06, 2017, 3 smiles This month's 'Seeds + Transformation' newsletter is themed Remapping Relationships. Re-imagine the world, literally, through award winning 'maps of the world' by kids from 34 countries submitted to the bi-annual Barbara Petchenik Children’s Map Competition. Now what kind of human to human relationships are possible in such a kinspired (kids inspired) world? Explore some social permaculture principles that closely mirror Service Space approaches. Take a look.
Jul 03, 2017, 3 smiles This month's 'Seeds + Transformation' newsletter is themed Quinoa Effect And Cofee Lessons. It's always nice to see developed countries trying something ancient. Find out how the "quinoa effect" is spreading in Europe. These days, you could be severely punished by nature for doing the right thing. But if you stick to it, the rewards are almost miraculous. This is what El Toledo, a coffee farm in Costa Rica discovered. Take a look.
May 09, 2017, 20 smiles Last month, I attended a Permaculture Design Course facilitated by Aranya Agricultural Alternatives, a soulful organization near Hyderabad, India started Padma and Narasanna, a remarkable couple who have been serving in thousands of villages for more than thirty years. Our farm has been dry since August so I wanted to learn how to equip better for the new reality. Also, some of us from the ServiceSpace community were interested in the shift from Perma-culture to Prema-culture (Prema in Sanskrit means Love) and this seemed like a good space for such an experiment. Abid, a dear friend of the eco-system had prepared the ground. The physical spaces that hosted us were breathtaking - one with with a lake view and the other, a 15 year old mini forest. About 30 of us from different parts of India and the world (with heavy representation from France) gathered with our unique personalities and offerings to learn ... Read Full Story